The Chicago Cubs have parted ways with Carlos Silva.
The 31-year-old right-hander had a tumultuous spring with the Cubs, one season after being acquired from the Mariners. He's due to make $11.5 million, that the Cubs will now have to eat, though it should be noted the team saved money when trading Milton Bradley for Silva. He was 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 2010.
Silva made headlines early in the spring, initially for complaining he had to earn a rotation spot instead of being granted one like Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza were. Next, he got into a fight with normally mild-mannered Aramis Ramirez in the dugout after a bad inning. He then found out he would either be forced to play in the minors or be traded, and spoke out against the pitching coach and team management. General manager Jim Hendry didn't mince words when discussing the decision.
"Basically he wasn't good enough to make the team," Hendry said. "We try to factor in not only spring training, but the second half of last year. You're looking at a guy who had a 14-something ERA from July 11th on, and came to camp with the notion that he already had a spot in the rotation. Obviously the first three or four outings (were) quite poor, and basically you try to give him every opportunity, which we did." (Chicago Tribune )
Oh, wait, Hendry's not done skewering Silva -- and rightfully so, I'd say.
"Obviously we're dealing with a man at this particular point of his career is not willing to face the facts that what he's done the last few years, except for a two-month period (last year) is well below major league standards. And he seemed to make a continual problem of blaming everyone but himself. (He gave up) 29 hits in his first 11 innings of camp, and I've never had anyone I've dealt with classify that as 'bad luck.' His comments (criticizing pitching coach) Mark Riggins were totally unacceptable. And once again, it's a weakness for someone that doesn't perform well and choose to blame somebody else on the way out."
Manager Mike Quade was a bit more succinct, saying that Silva's comments about the pitching coach were "dead (bleeping) wrong." (Daily Herald via Twitter)
Silva started last season well, but finished 2-6 with a 6.15 ERA in his last 10 starts. He was 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in five spring outings. Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were named as the final two members of the starting rotation, leaving Silva without a job.
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